Anyone who has worked with me knows that when using a dog’s proper name it’s really important to not connect it with anything negative or to wear it out by repeating it over and over again as your dog ignores you. You risk having your dog learn that his name means a bad experience will occur or that it’s okay to not respond to his name at all because you’ve essentially turned it into white noise. A dog’s proper name is sacred, so I often suggest using nicknames for those times when you just want to indulge in a one way conversation about nothing with your pooch.
I realized how ridiculously creative I’ve gotten with Lucy’s nicknames and thought I’d share. Right off the top of my head I can think of 21 ways I’ve embarrassed her (and most likely in public too!):
Poopiepants, Goosifer, Goose, Lovebug, Monster, Pumpkin, Pumpkinhead, LoveNut, Buttmunch, Cookie Monster, Boo Boo, Boo Boo Cakes, Num Nums, Poopiehead, Lulu Bean, Lulu Bear, Monkey, Monkey Butt, Munchkin, Munchkinland, and Nu Nu Bear
I’d love to hear what odd things you call your dog. Please share by leaving a comment.